S410 – Curricular and Instructional Methods in Early Childhood Special Education
This course examines instructional and curricular methods of promoting social, emotional, cognitive, adaptive, and motor development for young children (birth through agefive) that have or are at risk for developmental delay or disability. Emphasis will be on the design and implementation of curricula and instruction that meets the needs of diverse learners utilizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL)and Differentiated Instruction as instructional frameworks. Students will use their understanding of typical and atypical development across domains to develop, modify, and evaluate lesson plans, instructional strategies, and formative assessments. Students will integrate theories of child development and various methods of instruction (including naturalistic, embedded, incidental, direct, and multi-tiered) to create curricula that support students with special needs in various settings such as home, school and the community. Attention will be paid to current theories of ethical teaching practices in early childhood special education settings.